Average Ambulatory Nurse Salary in California

Ambulatory nurses in California earn an average of $127,597 per year (or $61.35 per hour).

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47% higher than the national average
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California ambulatory nurses earn 47% higher than the national average salary for ambulatory nurses, at $86,786 (or $41.72 per hour).

Ambulatory nurse salary range in California

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $170,425 $81
75th Percentile $160,454 $77
Median $128,976 $62
25th Percentile $101,831 $48

80% of California ambulatory nurses earn between $80,335 and $170,425.

Cost-of-living adjusted ambulatory nurse salary in California

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, California ambulatory nurses earn about $115,577 per year. Cost-of-living in California is 10% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in California for ambulatory nurses

Santa Clara, CA $159,733 per year
Hayward, CA $156,039 per year
Sacramento, CA $139,421 per year
Fresno, CA $123,306 per year
Lodi, CA $123,070 per year
Los Angeles, CA $119,478 per year
Ventura, CA $117,853 per year
Carlsbad, CA $116,433 per year
Ontario, CA $114,940 per year
Bakersfield, CA $110,197 per year

California nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where ambulatory nurses are paid the highest is Santa Clara, where the average ambulatory nurses salary is $159,733 and 20,640 registered nurses are currently employed. The Hayward area comes in second, with a $156,039 average ambulatory nurse salary and 41,160 registered nurses employed.

Ambulatory nurses salaries in other states

Oregon $98,307 per year
Massachusetts $96,630 per year
Washington $97,579 per year
New York $97,052 per year
Nevada $91,744 per year
New Jersey $93,766 per year
Connecticut $97,903 per year
Minnesota $82,240 per year
Maryland $84,813 per year
Arizona $79,890 per year

How much do other nurses get paid in California?

Transport Nurse $150,607 per year
Transplant Nurse $144,331 per year
Fertility Nurse $142,700 per year
Reproductive Nurse $142,700 per year
Endoscopy Nurse $139,102 per year
Womens Health Nurse $135,964 per year
ENT Nurse $135,964 per year
Cath Lab Nurse $135,964 per year
Primary Care Nurse $130,735 per year
Nurse Educator $130,735 per year

At a $127,597 average annual salary, ambulatory nurses in California tend to earn less than transport nurses ($150,607), transplant nurses ($144,331), fertility nurses ($142,700), reproductive nurses ($142,700), endoscopy nurses ($139,102), womens health nurses ($135,964), ENT nurses ($135,964), cath lab nurses ($135,964), primary care nurses ($130,735), and nurse educators ($130,735).

More about ambulatory nurses

Ambulatory care nurses provide medical care to patients seen for follow-up treatment, observation, tests, or same-day surgeries. Ambulatory care is often described as a busy yet fun environment with less stress than acute care nurses.

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Data sources: rn salary data, cost of living data, proprietary data from Incredible Health